Burnout is not a situation you want to experience. Back in 2009 the end result of my burnout state kicked off 369 Days of Worst-Case Scenarios.
The warning signs for me were there. Fatigue, lack of sleep, irritability [I thought I was just extra grumpy ;)]. I ignored those signs, because I was hellbent on getting things done.
So after going through my year of losses, I needed to (Re)learn how to do EVERYTHING. From changing my mindset, to changing how I ate, lived, really everything had to change, because I was definitely not going to intentionally go through a year of hell again.
If you're feeling the onset of burnout, there's some quick things you can do to help.
1. Take a day off. Seems simple, and if you're a caregiver that may not be an easy thing to do, but if there's anyway you can bring in outside help to give you a break (before YOU break), you need to do it. Get away from the office and/or home and go someplace that you enjoy to go. Could be as simple as a coffeeshop, or your favorite restaurant.
2. Take naps. Remember in Kindergarten the nap time? The school system should've continued that throughout the entire schooling career. a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day does wonders for you and your sleep patterns.
3. Journal. I wrote a post on the importance of keeping a Journal. It allows your brain to put to paper what's going on in your day and mind. It also creates a way to look back and see if patterns of burnout are consistent over a period of time. I wish I would have journaled prior to my 369 Days, as it may have prevented a lot of challenging times.
Burnout is preventable. Talk with your support system (family, friends, co-workers, and bosses) about your concerns, and do what you need to do.
My book 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios is a great book to show how to rebound from burnout and losses. You can order a copy here.
If you're struggling with burnout, there's a good chance you're struggling with boundaries. I know what that's like, and I've helped many (Re)learn boundaries, so they can get their time back, and control that they so desire. Book a call with me at this link.
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